Old Navajo Rugs: Their Development from 1900 to 1940 by Marian E. RodeeThis useful guidebook was written by a former curator at the Maxwell Museum at the UNM in Albuquerque. She gathered data and photos of about 700 rugs made from the 1890s to WW2, intending to make a practical guidebook for collectors, since up to the time she wrote the book (1981), most guidebooks covered older rugs, which are now priced beyond the means of most collectors.
The book includes 16 color plates and 61 b&w photos, all clearly reproduced. More recent books have many more color illustrations. Her descriptions are clear, accurate, and especially useful for beginning collectors.
Unfortunately, good rugs made from around 1900 to 194o are now themselves priced beyond the means of most collectors. A similar guidebook for rugs from the second half of the 20th century is what you might need. Still, this is a nice book.
Identifying Damage in Navajo Rugs and Blankets
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Navajo textiles are highly regarded and have been sought after as trade items for over years. Commercial production of handwoven blankets and rugs has been an important element of the Navajo economy. As one expert expresses it, "Classic Navajo serapes at their finest equal the delicacy and sophistication of any pre-mechanical loom -woven textile in the world. Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets , and similar purposes. Toward the end of the 19th century, weavers began to make rugs for tourism and export. Typical Navajo textiles have strong geometric patterns.